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RE: flood

Let the waters recede then worry about cleaning the mess.... and be careful!
Who knows what else is in that mess!

2005 was the year of natural disasters.... lets hope 2006 is calm and


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of David Franzman
> Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 6:17 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] flood
> Well that was ugly!  This whole county looks like a huge lake.  I just had
> 3' of water rush through my greenhouses again.  The force was so great
> that
> the driveway which I just put down weed tarp and 4" or gravel has been
> scraped clean...weed tarp not to be seen.  The doors to my greenhouses
> have
> been smashed in by floating debris.  I have 6x6s, tool cabinets, 50 gallon
> drums (full), sheets of plywood and other debris right now up against the
> gh's.  The 6x6's battered down the doors.  We have them going in front of
> the gh to keep other stuff out.  We are leaving all of it until tomorrow
> and
> it will act as a barrier to any more floating stuff when the next storm
> hits
> tomorrow.  In addition to that we have layers of mud on the ground inside.
> Behind the gh's is, as I mentioned, a raging torrent of a very small
> creek.
> It's only about 10' across normally but right now it must be going about
> 30
> mph.  Of course you wouldn't be able to see a difference where the creek
> is
> except the speed of the flow.  Unfortunately I forgot to bring a camera
> but
> tomorrow I will.  I expect that most of the water will have receded
> already
> but it'll show the debris piles.
> All of the plants are fine.  This year we were prepared and everything is
> on
> tables that exceed the height of the water.  Again there was some
> structural
> damage to the houses but it could have been a lot worse.  The larger
> houses's plastic is still intact.  I can't close any doors right now
> because
> of the force of the water and flotsam that is in the doorways.  As I left
> the property the water was just below my knees.  You could boogey board if
> you had one.  It has never been this high say the folks who live here and
> have been here for over 20 years.  9" of rain within 36 hours on top of
> the
> 12" in the last two weeks.
> The poor folks who live here came within an inch of water coursing their
> their homes.  One of which was just completely remodeled with wood floors.
> Their horses had water up to their bellies in the fields at 3 this
> morning.
> There were drowning chickens, and sheep that had to be moved and I
> sincerely
> hope this has taken care of my rat problem.  Where poison didn't work
> perhaps the wrath of God did.
> As far as my house is concerned we had rivelets of water going through our
> garage which I've never seen before.  We were out at 2am trying to dam the
> water and divert it to no avail.  Nothing major though.
> I should add by the way that neither my gh's or home is in a flood plain.
> This is just what happens when you get the amount of rain we have had in
> two
> weeks.  Those areas that are in a flood plain...such as Guernville are
> under
> water with the water still rising.  They will be 14' above flood stage by
> this evening.  Below is a link to an MSNBC news article about it.  Check
> out
> the photo that's about what it looks like on my property.
> David
> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10632481/
> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
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